Oh, what a face! Day 16 and another idea for a Father’s Day craft. Of course you can make a key ring for yourself or a friend too.
This is a great way to use a cute photo (or fun vintage one). You need to get Shrinky Dinks shrinkable plastic for Ink-jet printers which I purchased at Michaels. There are very specific directions in the package such as lighten the photo before printing so it isn’t too dark once it shrinks and make photo large enough to shrink down – it will be 1/3 the original size and 9 times thicker when you’re finished. Be sure to punch a standard size hole prior to shrinking. I rounded the corners too.
Then fire up the toaster oven and watch the magic! It curls and writhes and yes, it shrinks. It eventually flattens out (most of the time, anyway) or you can help it along with a wood spoon or chopstick. Let it cool and add some rings which I found at my local hardware store. A layer of protective coating is advised in the Shrinky Dink directions. But I didn’t do that.
Wouldn’t this be more fun for Dad than a tie?
Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, David. I’m in the green dress on the key ring above along with my siblings.
Note: If you don’t have an ink-jet printer, their website FAQ’s says you can use the standard “Frosted Rough and Ready” Shrinky Dinks and run them through a copier. Hello, Kinko’s!